Animal spray incident not malicious, principal says

Josh Pennell
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An incident of animal repellent being discharged at Bishops College in St. John’s was not deliberately harmful, according to school principal Bridget Ricketts.

Over the lunch period Tuesday, RNC officers responded to a weapons offence complaint at the school. A container of animal repellant had been discharged by a student inside a classroom.

Ricketts says the repellent was actually dog spray that a female student had in her bookbag that her parents had purchased for her because she used to walk dogs to make extra money.

Parents told of repellent incident

The girl was not supposed to have the repellent with her at school, but it was actually another student who sprayed it.

“A small amount was discharged in the back of a room. It wasn’t sprayed at anybody. It was nothing malicious,” said Ricketts.

As the spray dispersed throughout the classroom it did cause some students to cough. The teacher immediately opened the windows and took the class to an empty classroom nearby.

“As a precaution we called the paramedics and every student was examined,” said Ricketts.

Parents have been notified about the incident and were reminded that anything that could compromise student safety is prohibited in the classroom.

The RNC says it is not illegal to possess animal repellant, but it is illegal to use it for any means other than that for which it was intended. Its investigation into the incident is ongoing.



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